2019 Term 2 Week 2   |   08.05.2019

TAS Talks Term 2 Week 2

01. From the Acting Headmaster


ANZAC Service

Thank you to all who joined us last Thursday for our 2019  School Anzac Service. Whilst this service for our school community was held more than a week after Anzac Day, it was no less important than ever and the sharp performance of our Ceremonial Guard and the reading of the names of those Old Armidalians and staff who were killed in service highlighted the solemn significance for us.

I offer congratulations again to the TAS Guard and particular thanks to our special guest, Captain Lewis Crothers for joining us and delivering an excellent and thoroughly pertinent message on the meaning of the spirit of ANZAC. Drawing on his own experiences both as a soldier and as a student at TAS his address was particularly relevant for our student body.

Rugby Weekend

The rugby season is beginning at pace in this first fortnight of term. With a round of fixtures against a well-drilled and sportsmanlike Kinross Wolaroi School behind us, TAS will remain in Armidale for the coming weekend for a much valued home game against St Gregory’s Campbelltown and then it’s off to Sydney to play Cranbrook School the following weekend. The season launch for TAS rugby has been timed to fit with this busy schedule  and will take place after the First XV fixture against St Gregory’s on Saturday afternoon. I am sure that a good number of parents will want to be with us for our first home game for the year and all are welcome to join us in the McConville Centre at 2:00pm to officially launch the season.

Canberra Excursion

As I mentioned last week our Year 6 classes are now in Canberra for the experience of our capital city that is shared by so many other students of this age right across the country. With tens of thousands of Year 6 students visiting Canberra every year, the city is impressively well set up for them and I am  hearing that after a day of travel on Monday they have embraced the activities organised for them thus far with great enthusiasm.

Junior School Mother’s Day Lunch

Finally a gentle reminder that the Junior School Mother’s Day lunch is on this Friday 10 May commencing at 12.25 pm. It is an invitation to all mums, grandmothers, aunts and all other significant women who look after the students in our Junior School.


Alan Jones
Acting Headmaster


02. Calendar of Events

Week 2
Wednesday 8 MayP&F Meeting (7pm)
Thursday 9 MayYear 6 Excursion to Canberra
Year 9 Parent Teacher interviews
Twilight Concert (6-8pm)
Friday 9 MayYear 6 Excursion to Canberra
Year 9 Parent Teacher interviews
Saturday 11 MayTAS Rugby vs St Gregory’s at TAS
Rugby Season Launch ( McConville Centre 2pm)
Week 3
Monday 13 MayArmidale Eisteddfod
 Activities Day 4
Tuesday 14 MayNAPLAN
Wednesday 15 MayTri-Schools Debating (at TAS)
Thursday 16 MayMeningococcal Vaccinations (Year 10)
Friday 17 MayNCIS Cross Country
Saturday 18 MayTAS Rugby vs Cranbrook (Sydney)

June Long Weekend Charter coach bookings

Deadline is imminent for bookings for the Queen’s Birthday holiday.

The school is closed during this break so if you wish to take advantage of the free charter coaches provided by the Student Transport Scheme please contact Mrs Veronica Lucas on vlucas@as.edu.au by Thursday 9 May to indicate your particular requirements.

Travel dates are: Friday 7 June and Monday 10 June.

This weekend continues to be the busiest period for the TrainLink staff responsible for arranging holiday charters for all boarding schools in NSW, therefore this service is unfortunately not available to day students who might want to spend a weekend at their boarder friend's home.

Reminder that School Student Concession Cards are available for students aged 16 years and over If intending to travel on public transport in future. Contact TAS Main Reception - reception@as.edu.au to order yours.

Medical Centre

Meninogococcal ACWY information & consent forms will be sent out to Year 10 students this week. The vaccinations will occur in the Health Centre on Thursday 16 May.

During the next two terms we will have a visiting Sports Physiotherapist practicing at the school one day a week. If you would like to book an appointment please phone the Health Centre on 0428 152 291.

03. From the P&F



Tonight (Wednesday 8 May) we will be holding our Annual General Meeting at 7pm in Lower Maxwell Room.

At this meeting all positions on the general Committee and The Executive (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) will be declared ‘open’ and we will vote on the new 2019/20 positions. If you interested in being involved a nomination form can be collected from Reception or downloaded from the P&F webpage.   Please note that you do need to be a ‘voting’ member of the P&F to vote and/or stand for a position but forms will be available at the meeting or on our website so don’t let that stop you.

Even if you don’t wish to be on the Executive or Committee please feel free to come along. The AGM will only go for about 30 minutes and then we will have an ordinary General Meeting after that.  Wine and nibbles are provided and it’s a great way to meet TAS families and find out what is going on around school.  All are welcome.



With the colder months rapidly approaching the rugby season has kicked off.  We have our first home games against St Gregory’s College on this Saturday 11 May. First kick off is at 8.30am and we will be running our usual BBQ on Backfield (or in McConville if the weather is really bad).  A coffee cart will be available behind Middle School as usual to ward off the chill.

After the games the Rugby Season Launch is being held in McConville Centre from 2pm. A cash bar will be operating and all are welcome.

If you wish to know more please contact Rachael Edmonds on redmonds@as.edu.au



Saturday 25 May – Home Rugby Games vs St Joseph’s

Wednesday 12 June – P&F Annual Funding Meeting

04. From the Director of Studies


Year 9 Parent Teacher Interviews

Year 9 Parent Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 9 May (3.30pm – 6pm) and Friday 10 May (2pm – 5.30pm). These will be held in Memorial Hall.
Parents will be sent the link and personal code within the next day to login and book times with your child’s teacher.
PLEASE NOTE: the email will come from – The Armidale School with the subject – The Armidale School – Year 9 Parent Teacher Interviews Event Schedule
Please contact Mrs Vickey O’Brien if you do not receive this email or if you have any questions regarding Parent Teacher Interviews – phone 6776 5806 or email – vobrien@as.edu.au

Library Extended Day and Academic Support

The Library continues to be open before and after school for students in Years 6 – 12 who want a safe and quiet space to complete homework and revise their days classes. The Library is supervised and the staff on duty are available for general guidance with homework and assessments.
Specialist tutoring is also available in the evenings from Monday – Thursday from 7pm – 9pm – see table below. Day students accessing specific tutoring sessions will be charged $15 per afternoon. Tutors will keep rolls and the charges associated with these sessions will be added to TAS accounts each month. It is best, though not compulsory, for us to know if you want your child booked into these tutoring sessions. Families can do this by contacting Vickey O’Brien (vobrien@as.edu.au or 6776 5806) for more details. Boarders attending these sessions must sign out of the house in the normal manner and return by the required time. There is no additional cost for boarders as out of hours’ support is already part of the Schedule of Fees for 2019.
Day students are able to access dinner in the Dining Hall from 5:30pm and will do so by swiping their Student Card at the door. The cost associated with dinner (approx. $6 per meal) will be added to their TAS account.
PLEASE NOTE: the Middle School tutor is not available this afternoon from 4 – 5pm but will resume next Wednesday – 8 May. Mrs Bremner will be available for general assistance.


Mrs Seonia Wark
Director of Studies



Year 6-84pm-5pm


4pm – 5pm



(General assistance)


(General assistance)

Year 9-127pm-9pm

Maths (All levels)


Maths (All levels)

From the Careers Advisor


UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. UCAT is one of three main criteria used by most universities in Australia and New Zealand to select students into high demand health related careers such as medicine and dentistry (the other two criteria being performance in final high school exams and interviews).

The UCAT is a two hour, computer-based test which assesses a range of mental abilities identified by universities as important to practicing in the fields of medicine and dentistry. It consists of five separately timed subtests which each contain a number of questions in a multiple-choice format.

Registrations for a Pearson VUE online account will close at 11:59pm AEST on 17 May 2019.  https://www.ucat.edu.au/

Testing will be conducted in July at various venues all over Australia.

If you were considering a career in the medical profession then you need to register ASAP.


UNE Open Day

All of Year 11 will be attending the UNE Open Day this Friday 10 May. The program includes campus, academic and residential college tours. There will also be workshops and demonstration as well as the opportunity to talk to current university students/lecturers about life at a tertiary campus.

The student leave school at 8.45am and return to school for periods 6 & 7. They will be required to wear full formal uniform.


HSC Careers Expo

Forty-five Year 12 students have put their names down for the HSC Careers Expo in Sydney on 30-31 May. As well as attending the expo we will be having guided tours of University of Sydney and the residential colleges of St Andrew’s, St Paul’s and Women’s.

The cost of the trip will be approximately $120 per person.

For more details please refer to the Career page on the TAS website.


Career Plans

I am currently offering interviews to all Year 12 students in the wake of their Mid-year report distribution. The emphasis of the interviews is to analyse their marks in comparison to their Year 11 reports and the marks they need for their desired ATAR as well as focus on career directions and options.

Students need to make an appointment with me by sending me a list of the study periods so I can match them with a convenient time on my timetable. Parents are welcomed at the interviews should they wish to attend.


Mr Mark Taylor
Careers Advisor

05. From the Director of Boarding


Mr David Drain, Head of Boarding

Meeting with boarding staff and wandering through the boarding houses of an evening over the past week, I was impressed by the sense of excitement for the term ahead from both the students and staff. I appreciate Term 2 presents many challenges for the boarders including reports, exams and parent teacher interviews but the enthusiasm to get started with their studies and co-curricular commitments particularly the winter sports of rugby, football, hockey and netball was pleasing to see.

Term 2 is a busy term with the boarders from Years 6 – 10 sitting Semester 1 Exams and the Years 11 – 12 students working through a number of assessments. The cooler weather, which is now upon us, often brings a positive change in focus during evening prep and I implore all students to take advantage of this time. Balance is always encouraged and weekend sport, whether it be a weekend trip to Sydney for rugby or a local netball fixture, is crucial in ensuring the boarders prioritise time to physical activity and time with friends.

It was great to meet a number of you on the Headmasters Country Tour late last term where a number of TAS staff visited Inverell, Glenn Innes, Scone, Tamworth, Moree, Narrabri and Gunnedah. It was a humbling experience interviewing such a large number of prospective students and to see a large number of parents and friends of the school gather for the social functions of an evening. I always enjoy the opportunity to meet the rural parents, friends and Old Armidalians on their own turf. Considering the difficult circumstances a number of you are currently experiencing there was much positivity across all the towns visited which gives me added confidence in the TAS Boarding Program. I am blessed with the staff we have working in boarding at TAS and I appreciate the team effort that goes into delivering a strong boarding program for all the boarders.

TAS will be closed for the upcoming Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend with boarders allowed to leave from 3.30pm Thursday 6 June. Boarding houses will re-open at 3pm Monday 10 June. Boarders can stay overnight in  their houses on Thursday evening 6 June but are encouraged to make plans to vacate their boarding houses early on Friday 7 June. Plans are currently being made to accommodate the international students over the course of this weekend.

I am pleased to announce that the 2019 Food Committee started meeting mid last term and will continue meeting every three weeks this term. This committee, which I enjoy being part of, comprises boarders across all five houses and year levels and plays an important role in ensuring the boarders have a voice, with regard to food, at the school. We are already seeing improvements across all meals, evening prep break and morning tea as a result.

Finally, please find below the Term 2 Recreation Activities Roster. The Term 1 Recreation Activities, which were primarily targeted to Middle School boarders but available to all, were particularly well received by students and parents alike. The Term 2 Recreation Activities reflect the increased demands of winter sport but still give the boarders ample opportunities to stay busy over the weekends. I must thank Mr Michael Baumgartner for all the work he is doing behind the scenes to ensure these activities are well organised and communicated to students and parents in a timely manner.

Saddler Jon Galletly has been giving workshops to Middle School boy boarders as part of the weekend recreation program

Mr David Drain
Director of Boarding and Head of Croft House

Term 2 Middle School Boarders Recreation Program

06. Leadership, Service and Adventure

Cadets - Activities Day 4 (13 May)

Activities Day 4 will be held on Monday 13 May. All cadets have attended an activities briefing on Tuesday 7 May and will have been informed about the required equipment. All cadets will be dismissed following final parade at 5.00pm on Monday afternoon.

Parents of students or student leaders in B Company should have received a permission form for school firearms safety training. It is important that these forms (or a current Minor’s Permit) are returned to the school either by mail/fax or by email to Miss Emma Channon in order for your child to participate in these School activities.

The activities will be conducted as follows:

A Company

1 & 2 Platoons – Advanced First Aid training at TAS.

3 Platoon – Kayak touring on Clarence River near Copmanhurst; 3 Platoon will meet for roll call at 3.30pm, departing at 4pm on Sunday 12 May. An night kayak paddle and overnight bivouac will be conducted, and students will require overnight gear as specified in the list below.

B Company

4, 5, 6 & 7 Platoons – Firearms safety training (Non-cadet, TAS Rifle Club conducted activity), navigation, first aid and bush cooking to be conducted at ‘Loch Abba’ property. No overnight activities.

C Company

8, 9, 10 & 11 Platoons – Navigation, fieldcraft, bush cooking and abseiling to be conducted at ‘Newholme’ property and Baker’s Creek Gorge. No overnight activities.

Cadet equipment for kayak tour: 1 & 2 Platoon only.

Dress during the kayak tour exercise is appropriate wet & cold weather clothing & water shoes suitable for kayaking. Note that all equipment must be able to be carried in pack only – no webbing will be carried on the kayak trek. Sleeping bag may be carried externally to pack. Required equipment includes: 

Back Pack (issued)

Hootchie (issued)

Spray jacket* / raincoat*                   5m hootchie cord/rope*

Kidney Cup*                                              Pegs x 8*

KFS set*                                                      Ground sheet (issued)

Water bottles x 2 (issued)                 Sleeping bag* & Mat*

Towel (small)                                           Olive Green thermal undershirt*

Jumper Camo (issued)                         Toiletries bag (soap, toothbrush + paste etc)

Torch + spare batteries*                    Wet gear (swimmers, shirt & shorts)

Plastic bag for wet gear

Sun screen & insect repellent (tube or roll-on only)

Change of dry clothes, underwear & socks


*Available for purchase from TAS Clothing Shop


MAJ (AAC) Angus Murray
Commanding Officer Cadets      

Surf Life saving

Activities Day 4 – Monday 13 May 

8:45am            Introduction, explanation of day’s activities (PE classrooms)

9:00am            400m timed swim & survival strokes

10:00am          Carries, rescues, underwater rescue, deep water support, PFD’s, defensive techniques

11:30am          Resuscitation, scenarios, first aid, online workbook

1:00pm            Lunch

2:00pm            Gym session

3:30pm            Finish

NB:                 Students will need full PE uniform, TAS swimmers, goggles, towel, and their laptop so as to access the SLS online portal. All meals are at school.

07. From the Director of Co-curricular


A busy start to the term for debaters

Debating has got off to a cracking start in what is the busiest term of the year for this sport of the mind.

Our Year 9/10 debaters on Tuesday evening met Canberra Girls Grammar School in round 2 of the National Virtual Debating Competition, arguing, as the Negative, against the topic ‘That the date of Australia Day should not be changed’. Rather than narrowing their argument to simply saying it should (and why), the team said there at least needed to be a discussion that included all parties and that the values of any country worth celebrating on a national day should reflect the way it treats its minorities. It was an extraordinarily close debate between TAS and the school that last year won three of the national grand finals – with the result being awarded to TAS by just one point! Congratulations Will Jubb, Hudson McAllister, Hugo Catterall and Charlotte Brunyee. On to round 3!

Next Tuesday is the turn of the Year 11 team which will also meet up against CGGS. Best wishes to them. The following day TAS hosts the first round in the annual Tri-Schools Shield, a debating competition for Middle School between the three Armidale independent schools. TAS will field two teams in each age group, each team debating either NEGS or PLC. Topics were distributed yesterday so its full steam ahead with their preparation.

Meanwhile we wish Debating co-captain Phebe Hunt, Year 12, all the best as she represents TAS in this year’s Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition for GPS/CAS schools at Sydney Boys High on Friday night.


Mr Tim Hughes
Debating Coordinator


The National Virtual Debating Year 9/10 team: Will Jubb, Hudson McAllister, Hugo Catterall and Charlotte Brunyee

NCIS Football Championships

What an awesome day for Football!  The morning was a little chilly, however, this made for ideal playing conditions.

A huge thank you to Mrs Rachael Edmonds and Mr Will Caldwell for all their behind the scenes work in ensuring a smooth day, which was enjoyed by all our players. Thanks must also go the Chet Davies and his team for the immaculate grounds, to the kitchen staff for providing food graciously and the housekeeping team who made the overnight stay easy and comfortable.

The standard in NCIS Football continues to grow and the TAS teams found themselves having to work hard to keep pace. We had three teams represented: Open Girls, Under 15 Boys and Open Boys. Our most successful team ended up being the Open Boys coming in third behind a very strong team from Bishop Druitt College, and and Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School.

We had three Open Boys selected to represent NCIS at the NSWCIS Football Carnival where the NSWCIS team will be selected. The three players were Keanu Rhoades, Emerson Browning and Mehdi Ahsan.

However, the highlight could well have been the joy that the Open girls played with, led from start to finish by the extremely competent Bronte Garcia (Year 11). They are embarking on their first full season of football as a stand-alone girls team in the  Armidale and District under 16 competition and judging from yesterday they will have a very successful time, particularly if enjoyment of the game is any measure.

Thank you to all who participated your attitude and good sportsmanship was obvious to all.


Mr Richard Newton


08. From the Creative Arts Coordinator


Eisteddfod preparation has a boost this week with the Music Bootcamp happening Friday and Saturday. This is sure to reduce a lot of the stress and pressure later in the term for both students and teachers and I hope everyone makes the most of this great opportunity. And I know some Junior School Drama Club groups have commenced their Eisteddfod work and I wish them all the best with that preparation.

The Shakespeare Carnival work continues, with the newly-established TAS Dance group getting involved in the Carnival. If you are participating please check your emails regularly as we will be locking in some rehearsal times for the next few weeks to give everyone a helping hand preparing their entries.

For Senior students, this Friday 4pm – 5:30pm the HSC Drama students will be showing their Individual Performance work-in-progress. These will likely take the form of moved readings but if you are interested in getting a very early sneak-peek you’re welcome to come along, though be advised that some pieces may contain strong language or mature content.

The Armidale Drama and Musical Society (ADMS) is busy rehearsing for Singin’ in the Rain, which takes the stage in the Hoskins Centre in the July school holidays. Tickets are available from their website and I advise you get in early as this classic musical is sure to sell quickly. This term the Hoskins Centre will also play host to both the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and Melbourne City Ballet production of Alice in Wonderland and you can find tickets on the Hoskins Centre website.

09. From the Head of Middle School


ANZAC Service Week 1

We had the School commemoration and remembrance service early last week and it was really pleasing to note so many in attendance from Years 6 and 7. The Year 8s, as you probably know, were part of the Cadet Corps and they performed their role with characteristic ease. It was good also to catch up with a number of parents. Also good was the weather – well, it was amazing really because, in spite of the month, it was not cold in the least. Considering the light showers of rain over the weekend, I think the warmth will decrease at a reasonably rapid rate – in fact, as I write this I look out of the window and see multi-coloured leaves cascading everywhere (with some semblance of good grace) and most students in jumpers. I know that soon enough we’ll complain bitterly to others about the bone-chill days, but after that horrendous summer we should complain less because there were those despairing times when we thought that this kind of weather might not come again.


Rugby – Away and at Home (training with the Opens boys)

The winter season sports program has begun with the usual exodus on Saturday of rugby teams travelling to Coonabarabran. I believe those who went were excited and know that all felt the competition against Kinross was challenging. Regardless of final scores, it’s always encouraging to know that improvements can be made on both individual and team levels.

Will Swales, Josh Jones and the Opens rugby boys have done it again. In addition to the Year 12s coming to the Middle School more than on the odd occasion, as they’ve managed to run reasonably regular touch games since Term 4, last Friday afternoon the Opens group invited our 13s to train with them (as seen below) – and they didn’t do it to curry favour, because I found out about it second-hand. These older boys really deserve some good press, not just because they are fine players, but also because they ‘give a damn‘ about the younger students. Our young people were delighted: you, likewise should to be delighted – and I’m just grateful. A highlight of 2019 is the fact that there’s real synergy between the Senior and Middle Schools and this makes for a good time for all.



Exams, Organisation, NAPLAN

Despite the pace of any given term at TAS, and after our staff meeting on Monday, you will notice students and staff settling into the steady period of those pre-exam weeks so necessary to the establishment of a sense of calm and increasing confidence in order that the approach to them is serious, though not stressful.
Please be assured that students will begin to receive Study Packages containing information about examinable topics, ‘styles’ of questions, including, where relevant, marks values attaching to each of the ‘above’. I’m about to speak to a number of students about the wisdom of ‘Study Groups’. Those I’ve already discussed this with are receptive to the idea, too.

They’re necessary components of school life: exams. While people don’t look to them with the kind of enthusiasm that attends a sporting fixture or a cultural pursuit, the ‘new’ attitude that attaches to them is healthy challenge, or at least calm resignation. But it isn’t a kind of resignation that carries a negative charge; rather, it’s a resignation that academic testing is part of normal life at this school and, as such, something that isn’t to be feared.

I will speak to students at our Town Meeting Assembly next week, indicating the necessity of utilizing the Study Packages that will be received over the next weeks. I’m sure that they’ll give the exercise their ‘best shot’ and will advise again that we’re here to assist them – but that the day before an exam may not be the best time to do this. In other words, I’ll tell us them to determine problem areas as soon as possible, being proactive and alerting us to issues of concern over the next week.

We’ve introduced a measure that’s effectively unprecedented: I’m not especially proud of it, but sometimes we just need to give our people a ’helping hand’. Our intrepid Robyn Frost has bought, on the Middle School account, 10 fully ‘functional’ pencil cases: attendant pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, highlighters and glue sticks ‘people’ said pencil cases. Why? There are still people who don’t bring or have the right gear to function during the day and this can so easily frustrate the normal ‘run’ of any given day. So, in the interim, we’re going to give out these items ‘on loan’ for a day at a time: they’re numbered, have Middle School clearly (and frequently) written on each item and they’re to be returned at the end of each day. Any losses will need to be replaced through the pupil-pay system we have in the school. Repeat ‘borrowings’ will result in messages home because we need to have students take greater care of belongings and we need your support on this issue. As I indicated, I’m not especially proud about this situation, but we need to support some students to get through the school day. This measure (I daren’t characterise it as an initiative) was ratified in a recent staff meeting and it is my job to support staff and all students.

Please use this link to view all Middle School stationery requirements.  CLICK HERE

Week 3

A reminder about next week: for our Year 7 cohort NAPLAN will take place from Next Tuesday till Thursday and the New England Eisteddfod for all students will begin very soon, too.


Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School


10. From the Head of Junior School


Mother's Day Luncheon… Friday 10 May 

This Friday, our students and their teachers have been preparing a special little something for all the wonderful women who contribute to our children’s lives. Lunch will be provided all parents from 12.25 pm in the Hoskins Centre foyer, combined with a wide range of activities and special surprises which will conclude at the end of lunch.  An invitation has been sent out this week so please contact the school to ensure we have the correct numbers for catering purposes. We have already received a great response and we are looking forward to this being a tremendous occasion.


Do It For Dolly – this Friday 10 May (Wearing Jeans …. and/or blue clothing to School).

The ‘Do it for Dolly Day’ is an initiative which TAS will be supporting across the School this Friday. It is a day where we focus on the message of looking after one another at school and ensuring that if someone feels sad or isolated, we can make a difference. In Junior School and at TAS, we want to continue to raise awareness about bullying and create a growing awareness that our Three Step Approach to dealing with conflict can, and does work at school and at home. On Friday, as we wear blue jeans (and other blue clothing) we remember Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett by looking for ways to help others that might be as simple as encouraging and showing kindness, inviting someone to play in your game, asking another how their day is going, making a new friend at school, writing a card or note of appreciation for someone, or simply saying hello to someone you would normally walk past. Please bring a gold coin donation as well and our School Prefects will collect this from your child’s teacher at school.


School Uniform – Changes into the future….

Through consultation with the Clothing Shop, the TAS Junior School uniform is beginning to undergo some change. The philosophy behind this is to align the uniform across the school, making it more….uniform. Primarily affecting the girls’ winter uniform, in particular the skirt and pinafore, shirt and blue ribbon, all variations will be introduced over a number of years providing an extensive changeover period avoiding having to upgrade recently purchased uniforms. In the meantime, you can look forward to receiving a letter from Junior School which will have a number of photos that will depict the variations to make this completely clear. Until then, please contact Mrs Vivienne Tearle in the Clothing Shop on 6776 5900 or Junior School Reception.


And finally…

From me, a belated welcome to all our family and friends for this very busy term at TAS. I have only just returned after attending to some family affairs last week and so, knowing that the term started very smoothly in my absence, I would again like to thank our fantastic Junior School Staff, especially Mrs Christine Wright for holding the fort once again. I look forward to seeing many of you this Friday for our special Mothers’ Day celebrations.


Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School


Happy Birthday

Best wishes to Cameron Carruthers, Edward Gillman and Mehleen Sandhu for your birthdays this week.

Scholastic Brochures

Thank you to all parents who have been ordering from the Scholastic brochures. The response has been fantastic, and has earned us a number of rewards to purchase new books and resources.

The latest brochure from Scholastic (no. 3) is now available and orders should be placed through the Scholastic LOOP order website by Monday 20 May, 2019.  Please follow the instructions on the order page in the brochure, or follow the prompts on the website.  Should you wish to pay by cheque, please place your cheque and order form in an envelope in the red letter box at the Junior School office.  Should you need any assistance, please contact me on nramazan@as.edu.au.

Mrs Natalie Ramazani
Library Assistant  

Junior School Upcoming Events

Week 2
Wednesday 8 MayYear 2 Assembly – Hoskins Centre
Year 5 GRIP Leadership Course
Friday 10 MayMother’s Day Lunch – Hoskins Centre
Mufti Day (Blue Jeans and clothing) for ‘Do it for Dolly’ with gold coin donation
Week 3
Tuesday 14 MayNAPLAN Language Conventions
Wednesday 15 MayNAPLAN Reading
Thursday 16 MayNAPLAN Numeracy
Friday 17 MayNCIS Cross Country
Week 4
Wednesday 22 MayYear 1 Assembly – Hoskins Centre
Junior School Choirs perform in Eisteddfod
Thursday 23 MaySpeech and Drama Eisteddfod

Primary Years Programme

Year 1

 Transdisciplinary Theme How The World Works

On Friday, Year 1 and Mrs Hardin ventured out and about to further explore the central idea ‘Materials have properties that determine their use’. After a five-week inquiry, based almost entirely around the conceptual questions developed by the children, they set off to see how three local businesses use very different materials to make a variety of products for our local community.

First stop was Rose Valley Steel Works. Here the children learned how steel is manipulated using specialised machinery and technology to make a variety of items, including stock feeders. Then the children walked down to Moxon’s Bakery to have a tour of the bakehouse, including the storeroom. Lastly, they travelled to Sunhill Dairy Goat Farm at Uralla where they saw how the goats were managed and the products that are made from the goat milk.

Year 1 had an absolutely fabulous day, exploring HOW OUR WORLD WORKS! They would like to thank all the adult helpers and guides that made it such a worthwhile and fun-filled day.


Mrs Hardin and Mrs Waters

Junior School Sport

Winter Sports

Our Winter sports training program has now commenced. Our hockey teams commenced their training last Wednesday, whilst football and netball teams were in full swing on Monday afternoon. I would like to commend those children who were ready, well organised and keen to train well with their coaches. Great training sessions make for exciting games on the weekend. Let’s keep up the great start with our first games this weekend. Please ensure you have the appropriate websites to check or have registered for the relevant apps. Please email Mrs Christine Wright cwright@as.edu.au  if you have any issues, otherwise your child’s team coach should be the first point of contact.


Junior School Cross Country results

Last Wednesday our Junior School students, including Transition, competed with great enthusiasm in our annual Cross Country event. This year we moved back to our original Cross Country course with staff and gap students assisting around the course during the afternoon. Some excellent sportsmanship was noticed during the afternoon as children applauded and encouraged our runners in each division. Below are the results from the afternoon:

Transition – all children received a participation ribbon

Kinder – Year 5 places:

5 year old girls

1  Philippa Ogilvie

5 year old boys

1  Daniel Mo

6 year old girls

1  Eva Cook
2  Eloise Leary
3  Neave Drain

6 year old boys

1  James Taylor
2    Hunter Crane
3   Edward Drainey

7 year old girls

1  Arabella Hodges
2  Lucy Stephen
3  Evelyn Brownlie

7 year old boys

1  Baxter Carruthers
2  Alexander Dell
3  Will Dennison


8 year old girls

1  Mila Nexo
2  Rebecca Billingsley
3  Layla Abu Assab

8 year old boys
1  Casper Cook
2  Oliver Robb
3  Josh Bourke

9 year old girls

1  Lucy Taylor
2  Sophie Brett
3  Minnie Chick

9 year old boys

1  Arthur White
2  Xavier Stephen
3  Saleh Alrdadi

10 year old girls

1  Chloe Dennison
2  Katie Hynes
3  Ani Anderson

10 year old boys

1  Hugo Broun
2  Harry Brownlie
3  Peter Thompson

11year old girls

1  Mila Downes
2  Mosie Wright
3  Peyton Slade

11 year old boys

1  Oliver Goudge
2  Blake Whitehill
3  Ted Chick

PSSA Cross Country – Bellevue Oval UNE last Friday

Many of our cross country athletes travelled to UNE last Friday to compete in the annual Armidale and District PSSA Cross Country event. All competitors performed strongly with many commendable results. Our strongest competitors were Hugo Broun and Oliver Goudge who placed 7th and 13th in their respective age events.  Well done boys.



Mrs Christine Wright
Junior School Sports Coordinator

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